Derby Theatre – Jinny – In Rehearsals

[bright, cheerful music] So in 1956 Look Back in Anger hit the scene and was a piece of new writing which really excited our audiences. 60 years on what I wanted to do was find another new piece that came out of Derby, Derbyshire that could do the same thing. So we commissioned Jane Wainwright, who’s an exciting new playwright, from Derbyshire, to really look at the same issues and the same themes that Look Back in Anger looks at The writer wanted to find, Jane wanted to find something that was an equivalent to Jimmy’s trumpet so she made Jinny into a singer-songwriter – which was a gift for me because I write songs and play guitar so it was great to work with Joanna during the process to write these songs So Jinny looks at what it is to be 25 today, it looks at it from a very funny point of view, so she’s a really engaging young woman, but also quite a moving point of view, you know, she’s got all the passions and the dreams and the desires, that I guess at one point we all have or we still have, and she’s struggling – again she’s in a world where sometimes doors are closed to her when they shouldn’t be, just because of her background, and so she approaches that with good humour but also with some fight and some passion So basically I’ve taken the – looked at contemporary singer-songwriters now, and different styles of songwriting, of the female songwriting voice in music at the moment, and we’ve tried to – not pastiche that, but we’ve tried to sort of just nod to that – one of the songs has got a slightly Lilly Allen-esque feel, another one is a bit more old school, the kind of Seattle, Nirvana kind of period of kinda indie-rock style. I guess I’m kinda looking, nodding towards PJ Harvey Both pieces are pieces to make you think, they should move you, I think. I think they’re quite emotional pieces, both of them. I think there’s also humour in both of them and sometimes it might be the wry smile kind of humour, rather than the laugh out loud but I think you can see a reflection of yourself on stage, or a reflection of people that you know. And I think that by seeing both, you get to kind of see where we’ve come from, but also where we’re going to as a society and as a community And it just a – I think it’s an evening of drama An evening of real drama

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